The Society exists to advance knowledge and to communicate it in the Society’s publications and other media. The Society encourages researchers and leaders to present the outcomes of their investigations at the meetings, forums, conferences and other events organised by the Society. It provides a forum for the expression and transmission of ideas.

The Society upholds the principles of liberal democracy and encourages a non-discriminatory discourse and the free exchange of ideas that respect religious, political and cultural freedoms, seeing these as fundamental to Australian intellectual life.

In line with these values, and in support of these principles, the Council adopted (January 2020) a Diversity and Inclusion Policy, which will be considered by Council annually and updated as appropriate.  Further information about the Society’s values is available here.

From time to time, consistent with its role as an independent, non-political body, the Royal Society of NSW issues position statements and media releases on matters of public interest and concern.

Recent Position Statements

The Bushfire Emergency and Climate Change: Statement from the RSNSW President (29 January 2020)

Uluru Statement of the Heart: Statement of Support from the Royal Society of NSW (January 2018)

Recent Media Releases

 Downplaying the Arts (9 December 2019)

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